No. 19 Men's Crew Finishes Regular Season At Windermere Cup
May 5, 2012
SEATTLE, Wash. - The Oregon State men's crew team finished up its last races of the regular season in advance of the Pac-12 Championships at the Windermere Cup in Seattle on Saturday afternoon. The Beavers' JV8 (2nd) and V4 (3rd) posted stellar results, while the team's varsity eight was the victim of some unfortunate events in its fourth-place finish.
OSU's V8 was going up against No. 1 Washington, No. 20 Virginia and the Argentina national team in the day's feature event. The Orange & Black started off well and had an extremely strong first half of the race until the team from Argentina encroached on their lane, causing the blades to collide. From that point on, the crew of Dan Thompson (coxswain), Ross Ellingwood, Daniel Werner, Wyatt Worrel, Jorgen Anderson, Bryce Fransen, Clayton Ward, Chris Nofziger and Ty Louis had difficulty getting back in rhythm and struggled to lift the rate up for the sprint as they entered "the Cut".
Oregon State finished the 2,000-meter course in a time of 6:03.6, four seconds behind Virginia and Argentina. The Huskies won the Windermere Cup after finishing in 5:45.0.
"It was disappointing for the guys to feel like they had a good start and a solid first thousand and then to loose traction and rhythm coming into the last stretch," Oregon State head coach Steve Todd said of his varsity crew.
OSU's JV8 preceded the Windermere Cup with a strong second-place result in the Erickson Cascade Cup after a time of 6:15.6. The Beavers finished behind UW, but defeated a varsity boat from Washington State.
"The JV also did a nice job today," Todd said. "Racing the Washington State varsity all the way down the course and coming away with a win was a very solid result."
Oregon State's varsity four came in third in a six-team race after crossing in 6:15.3. The Beavers fell short of a couple crews from UW, but defeated Loyola Marymount, Washington State and a crew from Pocock Racing Center. The F8 also completed its race in third place behind two crews from Washington.
The Beavers will have a quick turnaround as they prepare for the Pac-12 Championships next Sunday, May 13 at the Sacramento State Aquatics Center in Lake Natoma, Calif.
V8 - Windermere Cup
JV8 - Erickson Cascade Cup
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